Baldwinsville Not since 2006 had anyone following the Baldwinsville boys soccer team witnessed the scene played out on the grass at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium on Thursday night.
On one end, the Bees were stunned, crestfallen, its season having reached an abrupt end. On the other end, the opposition was celebrating a victory.
For the first time in six years, B'ville will not claim the Section III Class AA championship. Utica Proctor saw to that, rallying from an early deficit to beat the Bees 2-1 in the sectional quarterfinals.
Through five season, and 15 consecutive sectional playoff games, B'ville had managed to avoid all the pitfalls and go onward, leading to a string of titles, mostly surviving in close contests decided by a single goal, or in overtime, or by the means of a penalty-kick shoot-out.
Such a run of good fortune is difficult to maintain, but the Bees, with the no. 4 seed in the 2012 sectional tournament, hoped to do so against no. 5 seed Proctor, who had knocked off B'ville by that same 2-1 margin on Oct. 13.
At first, the rematch appeared to head in the Bees' direction. Just 3:54 into the game, B'ville, aggressive at the outset, earned a corner kick, worked to perfection when Trevor Pauldine hit the ball to the middle and Sean Stewart headed it into the net.
But that would be B'ville's last goal of the season. Once Proctor prevented an immediate follow-up, it started to pick up its own attack, using speed and skill to force the Bees' defenders into a scrambling mode.
That pressure paid off in the 15th minute when, from the left side, the Raiders' Moulid Somow slid a low, hard shot past Bees goalie Chris Spaulding to tie it, 1-1.
It would remain that way the rest of the half, the action picking up in the last 90 seconds as both sides missed chances to move in front, including Connor Lunduski's hard shot that got stopped.